Edinburgh Capitals are all but out of the play-off race after blowing a three-goal first period lead in a 5-4 penalty shot loss at Hull Stingrays tonight.
Stingrays star-man Carl Lauzon was the hero for the home side equalising to make it 4-4 with three minutes left in normal time, before scoring the winner in the shoot-out.
Caps raced to a 3-0 advantage through Jade Portwood, Jay King and Loren Barron, only to concede three in a horror four-minute spell early in the second period – Stingrays forwards Dominic Osman, Cory Tanaka and Eric Galbraith scoring.
However, Caps regained the lead in the 29th minute, fit-again Greg Collins scoring.
Hull pushed for an equaliser, Caps goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky making 43 saves on the night only for Lauzon’s game tying goal at 56 minutes 54 seconds.
Edinburgh now trail Fife Flyers, who occupy the eighth and final post-season spot, by four points, with Hull a further point ahead, all with only five fixtures remaining.
Despite holding a game in hand over the Flyers, Edinburgh must register at least one win in their back-to-back games with league leaders Braehead Clan this weekend, and hope Fife pick up nothing from their two games with bottom club Dundee Stars.
Hull must also slip up at Cardiff Devils and Coventry Blaze for the Caps to have any chance of a play-off place.